Foster congratulates local development agency on 100 new business starts


Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has congratulated west Belfast business development agency, Ortus, for supporting 100 new business starts over the past 12 months.

Ortus is one of two agencies responsible for delivering the Invest Northern Ireland Go for it programme in the west Belfast area. The programme is delivered at locations across Northern Ireland and offers support to individuals starting a business.

Visiting Ortus, where she met with three of the most recently established businesses in the area, the Minister said: “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of any economy. During what remains a challenging time for all businesses, it is vital that we support and encourage the creation of new businesses and support the growth of existing companies.

“The 100 new businesses created cover a diverse range of sectors including the creative industries, tradable services and tourism. Many of these companies have the potential to export their products and services which will help them to maximise their contribution to the local economy, and help it to become stronger and more resilient in the longer term.”

Seamus O’Prey, General Manager at Ortus added: “Invest NI’s Go for it programme is a brilliant initiative that stimulates and encourages entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland. This has the two-fold benefit of creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. The success witnessed at Ortus is testament to the resilience of Northern Ireland’s entrepreneurial spirit.”